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Assault on pay continues with over half denied 1% rise

Almost six in ten teachers have not received this year’s 1% pay award, new analysis carried out by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, shows.

In a survey of more than 8,000 members in England, 59% of teachers reported that their schools had failed to confirm they would be paying the 2016/17 pay award.

This was even higher amongst BME teachers (64%), teachers with disabilities (64%) and women (62%).

And in terms of those eligible for incremental pay progression, separate to the annual 1% pay award, 60% of teachers have not yet received pay progression.

The survey also found that more than half (53%) of teachers were set objectives in the performance management process last year that they felt were unrealistic and unachievable.

Speaking about the research, NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said:

“The findings of this survey are deeply concerning.

“The failure of schools to deliver a pay award to teachers has contributed to making teaching less and less attractive to new graduates, with salaries for new teachers now 25% behind the average paying other graduate occupations.

“Six years of deep cuts to teachers’ pay have resulted in teachers’ pay being eroded to the value of tens of thousands of pounds each year.

“The teacher recruitment and retention crisis will not be resolved by continuing to pursue a policy that allows schools to pay teachers as little as they can get away with.

“This is no way to run our public education system. Our children and young people deserve better.”


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